Litchfield Jazz Festival & Jazz Camp

Teaching Artists

Dave Stryker

Dave Stryker

Photo: George Kopp

Dave Stryker

Guitar

Dave Stryker grew up in Omaha, Nebraska and moved to New York City in 1980. After establishing himself in the local music scene, he joined organist Jack McDuff's group for two years 1984-85. From 1986-1995, Stryker played with the legendary saxophonist Stanley Turrentine at all the major festivals, concert halls, and clubs throughout the world. With Turrentine, Stryker was able to play with such jazz greats as Dizzy Gillespie and Freddie Hubbard. He has recorded and published over 70 of his own compositions. Dave continues to perform with his working unit The Stryker / Slagle Band as well as his other projects: The Blue to the Bone Band, The Shades Project (w/ Lenny White), and his latest group Trio Mundo featuring Manolo Badrena on percussion and vocals and Andy McKee on bass. Dave has been a resident artist at the Litchfield Jazz Camp since 2000.